Private Law Liability of the Undertaking Pursuant to Art. 101 TFEU

Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb (WuW) 2019, 290

15 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2019 Last revised: 13 Oct 2019

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Christian Kersting

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 20, 2019

Abstract

In its Skanska decision the ECJ bases an undertaking’s private law liability for cartel damages directly on Art. 101 TFEU and holds its judicature regarding both liability within the economic unit and the principle of economic continuity to be applicable in private law. The article considers the private law action for damages nevertheless to be an action under national law, finds the undertaking to be a legal entity in itself, discusses joint and several liability of all constituent parts of an economic unit and deals with the question whether the undertaking itself can be a cartel victim and entitled to damages. The article considers the judgement to have no impact on national laws on the imposition of fines.

Note: This article is a revised and updated translation of the German language article “Kartellrechtliche Haftung des Unternehmens nach Art. 101 AEUV – Folgerungen aus EuGH, Urt. v. 14.03.2019, C-724/17 – Skanska –“ published in Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb (WuW) 2019, 290 et seq.

Keywords: Skanska, undertaking, group liability, liability of sister companies, private enforcement, cartel damage claims, competition law

JEL Classification: K21, K29

Suggested Citation

Kersting, Christian, Private Law Liability of the Undertaking Pursuant to Art. 101 TFEU (August 20, 2019). Wirtschaft und Wettbewerb (WuW) 2019, 290. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3439973

Christian Kersting (Contact Author)

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf - Faculty of Law ( email )

Universitätsstr. 1
Düsseldorf, D-40225
Germany
0211 8111660 (Phone)

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